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The Maker Movement

The Maker Movement
Preface I’ve been so busy making making things, making a hackerspace at FamiLAB, making a Maker Faire, talking about Making our Community better, and launching a maker-focused foundation that I don’t update this page often enough… I originally wrote this because I was constantly answering “What is a Maker?” – but I don’t get the question anymore – and that is a good thing. We’ve formed The Maker Effect Foundation to activate and amplify the efforts of makers as they learn, build and work together in their communities, please visit our website to learn more. If you live in Florida and consider yourself a Maker – please visit one of the hackerspaces / makerspaces listed below, and attend Maker Faires – you’ll meet awesome people and find some great ways to connect your personal passion to organizations that need your support! It is a great time to be a “Maker”! Makers have been on the “margins” for a long time – but what caused this move from the “margins to the mainstream?” Related:  Lost Art CollectiveDo It Yourself

Top 150 Makers Blog List There are hundreds of great inspiring and creative blogs to read, but do you ever wonder which blogs everyone else is reading? I do, which is why I have compiled a list of the top 150 design, inspiration, and DIY blogs – I call them all Makers. The blogs are measured and ranked based on 5 criteria (Alexa rank, Compete traffic, Google Pagerank, Google Reader subscribers, Yahoo! inlinks). This list certainly isn’t perfect. I tried to scour and dig for the most popular sites out there, but it’s nearly impossible to know about them all. Have fun browsing! Alexa Rank Alexa’s traffic rankings are based on the usage patterns of Alexa Toolbar users and data collected from other, diverse sources over a rolling 3 month period. 1. Want to brag about your rank or give some link love to the Top 150 Makers Blogs list?

Impression 3D : une technologie améliorée sera libre début 2014 Les imprimantes 3D intéressent de plus en plus d'amateurs, mais elles sont encore loin d'être accessibles au grand public. Surtout, les résultats qu'elles produisent paraissent souvent décevants pour qui s'attend à obtenir des produits de qualité comparable aux objets industriels vendus dans le commerce. Mais l'impression 3D personnelle en est encore à sa préhistoire, et progresse à vive allure. Actuellement, les modèles les moins chers d'imprimantes 3D sont basés sur une technologie d'extrusion de plastique (ABS ou PLA), où les objets sont fabriqués par l'addition de fines couches de plastique fondu, qui durcit très vite au contact de l'air. Ces dernières années, l'impression 3D a connu un gain de popularité énorme, grâce aux imprimantes libres et open-source RepRap, qui ont inspiré depuis des dizaines voire des centaines de déclinaisons. Mais au début de l'année 2014, un nouveau bond technologique devrait avoir lieu.

Custom Goods Marketplace Makeably Rebrands As “Hatch,” Now Updates Pricing As You Go Makeably, the New York-based, custom-made goods marketplace that closed on seed funding from Great Oaks, 500 Startups and others earlier this year is now relaunching under a new, easier-to-remember name: Hatch. Alongside the rebranding, the company has also evolved the process by which consumers tweak and “remix” the products offered for sale. The site, founded by ex-Googlers Ryan Hayward and Anastasia Leng, is similar to CustomMade in that it’s an attempt to connect everyday shoppers with artisans capable of producing custom goods. But this summer, Hatch (then Makeably), made a slight shift to differentiate itself somewhat from its competitors. Leng explained that the majority of shoppers looking for custom items weren’t reaching out to artisans with detailed requests sprung out of their own minds, but were rather “remixing” existing products with small change requests. To encourage this culture of remixing, the company changed the site to better support user behavior.

The DIY 'Maker Movement' Meets the VCs In a light-filled loft in lower Manhattan, a dozen young workers stuff tiny circuit boards and empty Altoids cans into plastic bags. These will be packed into kits and shipped to do-it-yourselfers worldwide, who use the components to create homemade smartphone chargers. The loft, a former Wall Street trading floor, is the headquarters of Adafruit Industries, an electronics distributor that last year sold $5 million worth of Altoids kits, TV-B-Gones (remotes guaranteed to silence any television), and hundreds of other oddball products. Coming soon: a wired video jacket that plays movies and jewelry embedded with pulsating LED lights. “Over the last year, we’ve doubled in revenue; in number of products, we’ve quadrupled,” says Phillip Torrone, creative director of the seven-year-old company. Adafruit is one of hundreds of growing ventures in the U.S. that belong to the so-called maker movement. Despite their passion for collaboration—or perhaps because of it—maker companies are thriving.

Michael Zwaagstra: Too many educators believe that handwriting is obsolete. Nonsense Many progressive educators believe that handwriting is obsolete in the 21st century. It isn’t hard to see how they came to this conclusion. Computers are everywhere and an increasing number of schools expect students, even those in Grade 1, to do their work on handheld tablets. Unfortunately, much of the debate about handwriting tends to dwell on minor issues. However, as important as these questions seem, they miss the bigger picture. Fortunately, research gives us a clear answer. According to Roessingh, printing creates memory traces in the brain that assist with the recognition of letter shapes. When students practice printing by hand, they learn how to read and write more quickly and more accurately. Students who handwrite fluently can engage with more challenging text than students who still struggle with basic vocabulary In the upper elementary grades, it is still important for students to learn cursive writing. Learning does not come automatically. National Post

MindCub3r for EV3 Build your own LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot to solve the Rubik's Cube®... 1. Description MindCub3r is a robot that can be built from a single LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 home set (31313) or from EV3 Education Core and Expansion sets (45544+45560) to solve the well known Rubik's Cube puzzle. All MindCub3r software releases should work with LEGO EV3 firmware versions from v1.06H (home) and v1.06E (Education) onwards. It is recommended that the EV3 firmware is always updated to the latest version released from LEGO. Construct the robot by carefully following the build instructions (Home) or build instructions (Education) and then download and install the software described below. MindCub3r software consists of three main parts: Note: release v2p1 uses the .rtf extension to enable the files to be downloaded using the standard LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 software. 2. 4. 4.1 General The video of the home variant of MindCub3r shows a prototype. 4.2 Tilting 4.3 Scanning

Sunday Drive Art Projects | Sunday Drive Art Projects Sunday Drive is a registered not-for-profit organization presenting arts events that bring new audiences to new places. Our projects increase the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary arts activities. We are a passionate group of arts professionals dedicated to nurturing cultural exchange and art activities around us. We believe contemporary art should be accessible to everyone. Sunday Drive is equally dedicated to creating exceptional opportunities for art makers and organizations that increase the ways we know each other, work together, and have a good time making art - preferrably together! Tania Thompson, Founder and Creative DirectorFaith Moosang, Guest CuratorMichael Vickers, Program ManagerOliver Pauk, Program ManagerSasha Henry, Marketing CoordinatorThe New Beat, Website & Photography

Solar ski helmet keeps you charged on the slopes - Fraunhofer IZM The new 3D solar panel developed by Fraunhofer IZM is almost invisible when mounted on a ski helmet. Using brand new techniques, the high-performance solar cells can be fit to the curve of a helmet without forfeiting durability and performance. Together with the TU Berlin and the company TEXSYS, Fraunhofer IZM has developed a new communication module that can be integrated directly into a helmet. It lays the foundation for covering all the power requirements the keen skier may have, including stereo headphones and headsets that will soon be powered solely by energy gained from the solar panels attached to the surface of the ski helmet. How does it work? Consequently, adapting the solar panel to the curved shape of the ski helmet was the biggest challenge. Possible Applications This extremely robust technology can be used in many applications that are exposed to outdoor conditions. The solar helmet is on display at from January 29th to February 1st 2012 at the ISPO Munich trade show.

Social Enterprise notes Free Computer Books : IT, Programming and Computer Science Festival - What is Vintage Festival? - Vintage By Hemingway Celebrating 5 Decades of British Cool The Vintage Festival The Vintage Festival is a truly unique annual event which celebrates 7 decades of British Cool. It brings together and celebrates the music, fashion, film, art, dance and design from the 1920s to the 1980s that has made Britain the world's creative and cultural hot bed. Vintage explores this rich cultural history and the extraordinary influence that it has had on the modern world. The Vintage Festival Concept In 2007 Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway and the HemingwayDesign team developed a concept of a festival that celebrated the history of British Creativity. The concept had its birth in August 2010 at the highly acclaimed Vintage Festival on The Sussex Downs. In 2011 Vintage at Southbank Centre and Royal Festival Hall, helped London celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Festival of Britain and in 2012 provide a two day highlight of the Preston Guild. Video above produced by A Winning Team "An offbeat, cultural haven...

The YBF's | Young British Foodies How to exhibit at a fair or market - Kitchen Table Talent, Start Your Own Business - Country Living Ed With just over one week to go to Country Living’s Kitchen Table Talent Pop-up Market, I thought it might be useful for you to hear from five of last year’s stallholders, who will also be making a return appearance to lend a hand and share their advice and experiences, as well as the Country Living Fairs show team with their own suggested dos and don’ts for how to exhibit at fairs and markets. Anna, WHOLE IN THE MIDDLE Build your brand The Spring Fair is literally full to the rafters of totally delightful products. Branding may be something you’ve given lots of thought and time to, or it may be something you’ve not yet had a chance to. Promote yourself The Spring Fair is a fantastic opportunity to shout about your business and build a customer base. I was conscious that I was going to be handing out cards on the day with my website address, so I needed to ensure the website was actually working and reflective of my brand. People will also want to take your details. Tell your story Stock up

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